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on Feb 13, 2008
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on February 12th, 2008:
- Piniature Kalimba – Needle tines on a small chip of chrome plastic from a car accident. Approaching the smallest playable with the fingers thumb piano.
yapruder (RP Collier) says it makes sound but is very difficult to hold.
Yapruder @ Instructables shows us how to quickly and easily make a musical instrument capable of melodic percussion and noise experimentation.
The thumb piano, known as a kalimba or mbira and by many other names, is a lamellaphone that uses plucked prongs called tongues, keys or tines to generate acoustic vibrations. The length of the tine determines the pitch.
Generally, the thumb piano uses some kind of mechanism to create a great deal of pressure to anchor the tines across 2 bridges which allows the free lengths of the tines room to vibrate. The tines are usually of the same material and gauge (thickness) to ensure consistency so the pressure is distributed equally holding everything in place and in tune.
Visit Instructables for detailed instructions.
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If you’re handy and you have more time than money you might be interested in making your own Thumb Piano.
Thumb Piano by BobsDogHouseon @ Instructables.com
Looks pretty good! Check Instructables for the full instructions.